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According to the study, which covered a broad swath of manufacturing industries and job functions, 81 percent of respondents want the U.S. government to help "level the playing field" against foreign competitors in countries such as China, Korea, and India.
U.S. manufacturers see the issue of trade in contrasting lights, according to the hundreds of comments generated by the survey. Many agree in principle with the concept of free trade, but countless others see a deck that is stacked against them, as manufacturers in other countries take advantage of weak business regulations, sizable government subsidies, and cheap labor to export low-cost goods to the United States. Four out of five respondents think the next administration should act to level that proverbial playing field.
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